Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx discussed his grandfather being arrested for robbing a drunk man.
“Digging in the past thanks to family members. This is my grandfather on my mom’s side. He robbed a drunk man for 170.00 in 1930 and was arrested and then sentenced to 2-14 years. So much more to the story and to my families past…Really enjoy finding the roots in this disconnected forest.”
Sixx discussed his tough upbringing with his family in a recent Kerrang interview.
“I’m actually a happy person. I really struggled with shyness when I was young because we moved so much, and I also struggled with feelings of abandonment. My parents both abandoned me – my father left when I was three, and my mom left when I was six – so when I hit my teenage years, all those hormones and all that heavy metal that had been bouncing around in my head led me to become unruly, but I was still a nice guy, I believe. My friends meant a lot to me, and still do. Then again, I’ve also been very destructive in my life.”
He also discussed how Motley Crue made it out of the Sunset Strip with a stellar legacy, unlike other bands from that era.
“Because we were forging our own path. I don’t mean to say anything against the bands who came after us, because there were some really great ones, but we were more interested in Slade, Cheap Trick and Judas Priest than anything else. We were really meshing punk and glam, and we were young – we didn’t really think about the future. The music was the most important thing to us, and it’s the only the thing that really mattered.”